At least 11 people in four states have been infected with E. coli-related illnesses linking back to the 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled by a Detroit packing company Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The meat is believed to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a specific strain of the bacteria that can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and in more severe cases, a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
The contaminated meat was voluntarily recalled by Wolverine Packing Co. The affected beef products bear the establishment number 2574B and were produced between March 31 and April 18, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
You can view a full list of recalled products on the FSIS website. The beef was shipped to distributors nationwide for restaurant and retail use.
The FSIS was notified of E. coli illnesses on May 12 and during a joint investigation with the CDC found a link to ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Co., according to an FSIS statement.
The FSIS is advising all consumers to make sure their meat products are cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit and to use a food thermometer to ensure safe consumption.
Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio are the states where the illnesses have been reported.